BIG PINE KEY, Florida Keys -- The tranquil blues of the subtropical sky are to blend with melodic blues at the seventh annual Lower Keys Jazz and Blues Festival, scheduled 1-6 p.m. Sunday, April 13. The event is to be presented by the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce on the grounds of the chamber's visitor center, mile marker 31 oceanside.
Themed "Rhythms in Blues," the fest features masterful musicians performing sultry jazz and blues in a shady open-air setting.
International touring and recording artist Joe Donato is to head the talent lineup.
A composer with hundreds of original melodies to his credit, Donato electrifies audiences with a repertoire that spans early and contemporary jazz, blues, Broadway classics and more.
Other scheduled performers include regional favorites Quintessence, the Southernmost Brass Band, Injade and vocalist Libby York.
Attendees also can discover a different type of blues -- and virtually every other hue -- in the oils, watercolors, sculptures and fine crafts available on site. A juried art show is planned to complement the musical offerings.
The arts of cuisine and mixology won't be neglected at the event. Food and libations, including cocktails from an exotic martini bar, are to add to the afternoon's appeal.
Music lovers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to provide comfortable seating as they savor the jazz and blues wafting through the property.
Tickets are $20 per person in advance or $25 per person at the door and can be purchased at the chamber's visitor center.
For information about the event and accommodations in the Lower Florida Keys, call the chamber at (305) 872-2411 or (800) 872-3722, or visit the Florida Keys Web site at www.fla-keys.com